International 12 Foot Dinghy
This morning a ‘pingback’ appeared in my comments from the Italian weblog SIBMA. I’m not entirely clear what a pingback is, but apparently it was meant to inform me that my post about the Cinderella rowing conversion had been picked up by the SIBMA site.
I took a moment to see what else SIBMA had been publishing lately. Well; that’s how WWW works, isn’t it?
Sure enough, Cinderella appeared at the top of the SIBMA blog for today, but just a couple of posts down I was amazed to see a post about what looked like a classic little clinker-built English sailing dinghy.
When I read on, it turned out that the little boat had been designed for a competition nearly a century ago by an amateur boat designer from Southport, called George Cockshott.
The story goes that the International Twelve Foot Dinghy won the competition and became the first one-design racing dinghy to gain international recognition. Today it’s said to be almost unknown in the United Kingdom, but still enjoys followings in Japan, The Netherlands and in Italy, where it seems to be raced highly competitively.
I can’t find anything that looks like offsets or a set of frame dimensions, however. Perhaps someone who reads Italian can identify where they might be found?
Cockshott also seems to have designed the Star class sailed and raced at West Kirkby Sailing Club.
PS ‘Steve’ (see correspondence below) tells us that the International Twelve now has it’s own website in English at http://www.12footdinghy.org
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